Greater Oklahoma City is in the geographic center of North America equidistant from the east and west coasts and major trade partners of Canada and Mexico. The ten county region is at the crossroads of the U.S., sitting at the heart of three major national highways on the NAFTA corridor.
There's a reason Greater Oklahoma City is such a great place for business: Location. The ten county region is positioned within a day's drive of the rapidly-growing south-central region (OK, TX, AR, LA) projected to grow more than 44% during the next 25 years.
Among the top 52 cities in the country, Oklahoma City residents deal with the third-shortest commutes to and from work, according to the Census Bureau's most recent American Community Survey. OKC's drivers spend an average of 21.35 minutes behind the wheel while on their way to work, with only Rochester (20.37 minutes) and Buffalo -Niagara Falls (20.78 minutes) coming in ahead. Of cities of similar size, OKC easily beat out its peers, including Salt Lake City, Nashville, and Milwaukee. Shorter drive times indeed mean it's easier to get down to business in Oklahoma City.
(April 23, 2010)
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City ranks 12th and Tulsa is 47th on Forbes' list of "Best Places for Businesses and Careers."
Forbes ranked 200 metropolitan areas on criteria including cost of doing business, projected job growth and education.
Oklahoma City is 12th overall and ranks 23rd in business costs, 31st in expected job growth and 97th in education.
Tulsa is No. 47 and ranks 53rd in cost of doing business, 30th in projected job growth and 128th in education.
Raleigh, N.C., is No. 1 on the list.
Forbes also rates Lawton 102nd on the list of small metros with Sioux Falls, S.D., No. 1.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.